The Social Enterprise Ecosystem project (S4ES)

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The Canadian CED Network/Le Réseau canadien de DÉC
Chantier de l'économie sociale
Social Enterprise Institute
Buy Social Canada
Social Value Lab

Building the Canadian Social Enterprise Ecosystem

The Social Enterprise Ecosystem project (S4ES) is a groundbreaking partnership between the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, the Chantier de l'économie sociale, Buy Social Canada, Social Enterprise Institute and Social Value Lab that seeks to establish a more coherent ecosystem in collaboration with the many other social enterprise developers throughout Canada.

With support from Employment and Social Development Canada, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, S4ES will take an integrated approach to developing business skills, markets, finance and impact practice, to scale up accessible, self-sustaining platforms for social enterprise skills development and market access that will form the pillars of a social enterprise development ecosystem.

Three key components

  • Online learning platform (Social Enterprise Institute)
  • Social Enterprise Directory and E-commerce site
  • Social purchasing and branding certification


  • Social enterprise grant fund
  • Social enterprise accelerator
  • Communities of practice

Watch for more info in 2017